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2021 Toyota Sienna Platinum

2021 Toyota Sienna Review: Driver-Focused ‘Gearhead Van’ or Hybrid People Hauler?

Minivans were just hitting their stride when I was a little kid. We had some family friends who were still living out their station wagon fantasies, and others that had bought in to the first wave of minivan fandom (vandom?) with Caravans, Voyagers, Windstars, and Astros. I thought those vans were excessively cool and begged …

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2021 Hyundai Venue Denim

2021 Hyundai Venue Denim Review: Funky, High Value, Needs More Power

Small cars used to have more personality. Remember the 1990s? We had neon paint colors, incredibly bizarre seat fabric patterns, and occasionally, a zestier-than-usual engine dropped in for some added performance. Despite recent trends pushing everything into this weird aspirational quasi-lux space, Hyundai has built a funky little hatchback called the Venue. It gets funkier …

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2022 Subaru Forester Wilderness

2022 Subaru Forester Wilderness First Look: The Most Adventuresome Factory Forester

Subaru’s Forester and Outback have been known for decades as street-focused yet decidedly rugged vehicles. What first debuted a few months ago as a trim level of Outback is now found on a second Subaru model – the 2022 Subaru Forester Wilderness. I recently traveled to the Troutbeck, a historic hotel in Amenia, New York, …

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2022 Subaru BRZ blue Lime Rock

2022 Subaru BRZ First Drive: More Power, More Torque, More Fun on Track

“Raise your hand if you thought we’d make a second generation of this car,” said the product planner for the 2022 Subaru BRZ. I was among a group of eighteen automotive media and roughly four of us raised our hands as the presentation began. The joint sports-car project between Subaru and Toyota first went on …

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C8 Corvette Accelerate Yellow

2021 Chevrolet C8 Corvette Review: Street Drive & Track Time at Spring Mountain

In a world of crossovers, it’s always a treat to spend time with something a bit lower to the ground. Evaluating performance cars on the street only shows so much, though. Painting the most full picture of a sports car’s capability requires track time – something many manufacturers are loathe to approve when I ask. …

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2004 Volkswagen Jetta GLI

I Bought a Mk4 2004 Volkswagen Jetta GLI Project Car. It’s Been… Predictable.

Hello, my name is Vincent Wight Malatesta and I’m addicted to Volkswagens. (This is where you all say Hiiiiiii Vince in unison like an AA meeting) I bought my first Volkswagen, a GTI, in June of 2016. I couldn’t drive manual at the time, but my best friend drove it for me and put it …

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2021 Hyundai Santa Fe 2.5T Calligraphy

2021 Hyundai Santa Fe 2.5T Calligraphy Review: A Tall AWD Sonata N-Line This Is Not

Usually, when I hear about a “refresh” of a given vehicle, I expect some updated colors and options and not much more. Big changes are reserved for new generations and totally fresh designs. Hyundai took a different approach with the 2021 Santa Fe, a five-passenger crossover that’s been around since the 2019 model year. While …

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The 2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata Made Me Feel Like a College Kid Again

I was going to write this like a typical review, but I deleted the draft. You all can Google everything about the 2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata, and nothing has realistically changed about it since the “ND2” facelift of this fourth-generation roadster came about two years ago. So we’re going to skip over the stuff you …

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green 1994 Rolls Royce

Easier Than You’d Think: Spending One Year and 23,000 Miles With a 1994 Rolls-Royce

Mention certain makes and models to enthusiasts and you’ll get an eager response, followed by a “oh, but they’re not that reliable” or “well, they just sound so awful to work on.” Vintage Rolls-Royce and Bentley cars are two of those – they hold an appeal for those who want a neat, now-offbeat luxury car that’s …

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2021 Lexus RX 350 F-Sport Black Line Grecian Water

2021 Lexus RX 350 F-Sport Black Line Review: Out of Its Element

Certain automakers can pull off the “sporty” crossover with less scrutiny. Nobody blinks an eye (generally) when Ford announces another ST-ified Explorer or Edge. BMW puts their ///M logo all over everything. A Mercedes-AMG crossover? Sure, bring it on. But a sporty Lexus crossover? The one that is solidly comfy-over-everything? *record scratch* And so, with …

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